Indecent dressing is regarded as wearing of clothes or dresses that are revealing parts of the body, which ought to be covered. It is dressing in a way that provokes undue attention or with seductive tendencies.
Indecent dressing, which has become a social anomaly, cuts across all ages and is fast becoming a norm. It is a terrible social problem that needs to be tackled with every available arsenal before it snuffs life out of our society.
Causes of indecent dressing are enormous. Everybody comes from a family or a home. So when a child is given a poor upbringing, it will definitely affect the way he or she relates with the society and vice versa.
Most parents today do not see anything wrong in their children walking the streets half-naked. They think it is fashionable and because they want to belong, they allow such anomaly. Some mothers are also brought up in the frenzy of indecent dressing and one can only give what he or she has.
Another cause of indecent dressing is poor personal value. When one has a poor value of himself, it tells on his actions. The late boxer, Mohammed Ali, told his daughters that, “everything God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get”. He asked them, “Where do you find diamond? Deep down on the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the wine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You have to work hard to get them”. He also told his daughters that their bodies were sacred and that they were far more precious than all precious stones and based on that, that they should dress decently.
Thus, indecent dressing boils down to how one sees himself or herself. If you think you are a diamond or rather more precious than diamond, then you need to treat yourself with dignity. On the other hand, if you think you are chaff, you are free to dress anyhow. People should note, however, that the way they dress is the way they are addressed.
Some women and girls these days, dress like call girls. Such free girls are treated with disgust anywhere, because they are regarded as people who do not have any value for their bodies. Hence, they are also known as women of easy virtue.
Some churches also contribute to indecent dressing. They allow people to come into the church, no matter how they dress, for fear of losing membership. It is worrisome because the church is supposed to be a place where godly character and behavior are inculcated into people; a place where people’s lives are transformed from negative to positive.
Some people are also fond of copying the life style of Hollywood and Nollywood celebrities, some of who dress indecently. They forget that they are role models to a lot of people and should be careful in the way they live their lives.
Indecent dressing has dire consequences, which include rape, unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, emotional trauma, and untimely death among others. Therefore, people should allow the fear of God to permeate their lives. The fear of God produces godly character and behavior. If there is the fear God in our homes, churches, institutions and in individual lives, our society indeed will be a better place to live in.
Remember, you are addressed the way you dress. If you think you are more valuable than diamond, treat yourself as such and you will attract honour and dignity.